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On The Science of War

The synopsis of “The Science of War: Weapons” states, “The art of war, according to Sun Tzu’s 2,000-year-old text of the same name, is largely a matter of strategy, but the science of war begins squarely with weapons.”

Incidentally, Sun Tzu never said anything of the sort.

Sun Tzu was a strong advocate of innovation as detailed in Ch. XII, “The Attack by Fire,” where he extols the spirit of enterprise. As for “largely a matter of strategy,” he actually emphasized a number of core principles, including but not limited to: deception, concentration of force, flowing like water to the weak point, attacking a weak point with maximum force, cultivating combined energy, building momentum through proper management and leadership, constantly shifting tactics in accordance with the tactical situation, and fierce attention to intelligence gathering.

It’s easy to think Sun Tzu wrote that war is largely about strategy when so much disinformation exists. My book, Sun Tzu for the Modern Strategist, seeks to clear up these misconceptions in the clearest and most direct manner possible.


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